Top 50 Neutrals

Name: Louise LaMothe

Affiliation: Independent, American Arbitration Association

Rate: $395 per hour in Santa Barbara, $500 per hour outside Santa Barbara

Location: Santa Barbara

Areas: Mediation and arbitration of employment, entertainment, intellectual property and construction disputes

Cases: In February, LaMothe arbitrated an employment dispute involving a national retailer in which an employee claimed she was forced to quite due to same-sex sexual harassment by a woman she claimed was her supervisor. LaMothe found in favor of the retailer for an undisclosed amount. Earlier this year, LaMothe was appointed sole arbitrator in a securities class action brought by account holders seeking refunds from an investment advisor who allegedly calculated his fees illegally. That case is still pending. In January, she mediated a case pitting a 99 Cents Only store against its landlord over when the property became inhabitable. LaMothe determined the date the store should start paying rent to the landlord and awarded a settlement for an undisclosed dollar amount. Read more

Rising Star

Daily Journal California Law Business
By  Liz Valsamis

In three short years, neutral Louise LaMothe has distinguished herself as someone with a comprehensive grasp on employment law, particularly on discrimination, disability issues.

Navigating the muddy waters of employment law in California requires the skill of a neutral well-versed in new case law. Touting her knowledge of recent decisions that have complicated employment law in California is how Louise LaMothe distinguishes herself from the hundreds of others neutrals in the state. And hooking up with a well-known case handler like New York’s American Arbitration Association doesn’t hurt either.

Nonetheless, after only three years in the field, LaMothe has won the praise of employment law attorneys on both sides of the fence. Plaintiffs’ attorney Dan Stormer of Pasadena’s Hadsell & Stormer has called LaMothe a “rising young star.” Read more

Different Worlds

Daily Journal
Verdicts & Settlements ADR Profile
By Leonard Novarro

Plaintiffs’ attorneys often select neutral Louise A. LaMothe, despite her defense background.

They said they wanted a businessman’s divorce. What they really wanted was someone to salve old wounds.

In one of the first cases Louise A. LaMothe mediated, a breach of contract dispute between twin brothers who jointly owned a retail store, they left the first session and never returned. Read more